Hidden Gems of Netflix's Watch Instantly

After seeing the comments here I have been enjoying Alice in Borderland more than I did squid game because it doesn't overly bog itself down in backstory when the "games" aren't happening.

I'm currently halfway through the French limited series Women at War (Les Combattantes) and it's really good. The plot focuses on 4 women in France during WWI whose lives intersect near the frontlines of battle. Most have big secrets they're hiding and there's some pretty good twists along the way. It's got its hooks in me for sure.

Looking forward to You People

Tscott wrote:

I'm currently halfway through the French limited series Women at War (Les Combattantes) and it's really good. The plot focuses on 4 women in France during WWI whose lives intersect near the frontlines of battle. Most have big secrets they're hiding and there's some pretty good twists along the way. It's got its hooks in me for sure.

Told my wife who loves All Things French (tm), about this. And I love All Things Awesome Women, so it should be great. Thanks.

Alice in Borderland Season 2 has been good. Only two episodes away from wrapping it up.
It seems to be more violent and gruesome this time around and definitely less weird than S1.

Maclintok wrote:

Alice in Borderland Season 2 has been good. Only two episodes away from wrapping it up.
It seems to be more violent and gruesome this time around and definitely less weird than S1.

I liked season 2 except for the king of spade that seemed like he was playing with cheat codes and I didn't care for how some people survived getting shot enough time to rank in the top mass shootings in the US but lived. Maybe they were playing with the same cheat codes. Guns are like a magical fantasy weapon on this show.

Overall a good show.

Cobra Kai: Season 2, Episode 10

Just calling this one out as the closest we'll ever get to a live-action adaptation of River City Ransom.

Mixolyde wrote:
Tscott wrote:

I'm currently halfway through the French limited series Women at War (Les Combattantes) and it's really good. The plot focuses on 4 women in France during WWI whose lives intersect near the frontlines of battle. Most have big secrets they're hiding and there's some pretty good twists along the way. It's got its hooks in me for sure.

Told my wife who loves All Things French (tm), about this. And I love All Things Awesome Women, so it should be great. Thanks.

I finished this tonight and I liked it but it wasn't what I was expecting even after 4 episodes in.

Spoiler:

They really turn up the tragedy in the second half. Episode 6 was particularly brutal through its whole runtime.

You People was pretty good. Eddie Murphy does a very credible job as the asshole dad. The cringiest parts were appropriately cringe. The laughs weren't cheap. It was a lot better than I thought a Netflix movie had a right to be.

You People was enjoyable enough, but why on earth does a cheesy romcom have to be two hours long?

Lockwood & Co is tremendous fun if teenage ghost hunters is your thing. Adapted and directed by Joe Cornish (Attack the Block, The Boy who would be King among others) It's definitely aimed at a YA audience (as is it's source material) and I was checking it out for Mini-Sorb (11, adores Wednesday) but it's at the high end of it's 12 rating and is much scarier. I think we'll give her a year or two for this one.

However, it rolls along quite happily with some very charismatic actors and good set pieces, and tells its story well. I was only really intending to watch a bit of the first show to see if it was suitable for mini-sorb, but I ended up binge watching the whole series over a couple of nights. Big thumbs up from me.

Yeah the sheer volume of YA stuff normally leaves me cold but Lockwood and Co had a different back story for it so I gave it a go and ended up binging it as well. Good stuff.

Enjoying Cunk on earth so far.

Stealthpizza wrote:

Enjoying Cunk on earth so far.

Funniest thing I've seen in a while. Really, really good.

The wife and I immediately got sucked in to Lockwood and Co.
Only about 2/3 the way through episode one before we had other plans. But I can't wait to get back to it.

Vesper is a low budget Science Fiction Morality tale set in a Post-Apocalyptic future that punches well above it's weight. Set in a world where the eco-system has collapsed and genetic mutation runs wild and humanity clings to survival, It's one of the best Science Fiction movies I have seen in years. I would highly recommend it.

Sorbicol wrote:

Vesper is a low budget Science Fiction Morality tale set in a Post-Apocalyptic future that punches well above it's weight. Set in a world where the eco-system has collapsed and genetic mutation runs wild and humanity clings to survival, It's one of the best Science Fiction movies I have seen in years. I would highly recommend it.

Doesn't seem to be available on Netflix in the US.

Yeah it's AMC+ or buy digital copy on Amazon in the US right now.

https://www.justwatch.com/

Tscott wrote:
Stealthpizza wrote:

Enjoying Cunk on earth so far.

Funniest thing I've seen in a while. Really, really good.

Same, haven't watched something this funny in ages.

Finished Lockwood and Co last night and really enjoyed it. I don't know what is in the water but the Brits just get how to do phenomenal YA stuff.

I am a little dismayed that: 1) I haven't seen it even blip into the top ten 2) I found out about it here rather than in my recommendations which should have been a shoe in based on our watch history...

So it definitely deserve a second season but I am concerned it won't. I also fear next season they will go MotW format and throw atom sized crumbs here and there regarding "The Problem", the grand design and its big players.

The cliff hanger at the end was only useful in a sort of cheeky way. (the Brits after all) There are so many more questions to be answered that drive higher interest for a second season.

fangblackbone wrote:

Finished Lockwood and Co last night and really enjoyed it. I don't know what is in the water but the Brits just get how to do phenomenal YA stuff.

I am a little dismayed that: 1) I haven't seen it even blip into the top ten...

At least right now, it has a little Top 10 badge in the app and shows up at #5 in the "Top 10 TV Shows" list there.

Kurrelgyre wrote:
fangblackbone wrote:

Finished Lockwood and Co last night and really enjoyed it. I don't know what is in the water but the Brits just get how to do phenomenal YA stuff.

I am a little dismayed that: 1) I haven't seen it even blip into the top ten...

At least right now, it has a little Top 10 badge in the app and shows up at #5 in the "Top 10 TV Shows" list there.

It's the No. 1 show here in the UK

That is great news. But I fear that also. That we'll get a second season, but only in Europe and UK.

As a Netflix Original (they are the studio, it is not an international acquisition), that's an unlikely outcome. Everything they make themselves at minimum gets subtitled and made available globally (local content laws permitting).

fangblackbone wrote:

So it definitely deserve a second season but I am concerned it won't. I also fear next season they will go MotW format and throw atom sized crumbs here and there regarding "The Problem", the grand design and its big players.

The cliff hanger at the end was only useful in a sort of cheeky way. (the Brits after all) There are so many more questions to be answered that drive higher interest for a second season.

This series is based on a series of books by Johnathan Stroud. He's a fairly well known YA author in the UK. The first series was based on the first two books in the series. I thnk there are 6 books in total, which give a nicely defined 3 season TV Show for Netflix to develop should they wish.

I suspect their harder struggle will be keeping Joe Cornish involved for 3 whole seasons. He is one of the reasons why the show is so good.

Good to hear. If Cornish is the reason its good then I do hope he stays on for sure.
My wife told me that the kid that plays Lockwood, while having theatre experience, this is his first on camera role. Damn those Brits! I need to go study over there. They are the masters of stillness without stiffness. (Alan Rickman and Gary Oldman are par exemplar of this)

edit: it seems Cornish is directing a Snow Crash series...

fangblackbone wrote:

edit: it seems Cornish is directing a Snow Crash series...

is there movement on it? It was optioned years ago it seems

edit: quick googlefu states that it was canceled...

Is the new British Bake Off spinoff as bad as it looks? From the preview it looks like a cookie cutter 'food competition'-type show that stirs up fake drama that they just slapped the name on.

Yes. My wife and I were interested and then didn't even make it 30 seconds in before shutting it off.
Its a completely different show that they gave the British Bake Off moniker to get eyeballs. It worked, but not in the way they hoped...

My wife and I watched it last night. (Assuming this is the 'professionals' one that we're talking about). It was fine. No drama whatsoever in the first episode. Nobody freaking out about lost time or stuff not turning out. Presumably because this is what these people do for a living.

The thing with the regular series, though, is that you generally feel like you could make what they're making. Not so with this one.